Around 6,000 workers at Flex factories in the Chinese city of Zhuhai went on strike in March, protesting after being kept in the dark about plans to transfer factory ownership to MFLEX – a subsidiary of Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing.
Workers expressed concerns about job security, demanding that Flex protect their rights and pay compensation. Workers also asked that their contracts be terminated and new contracts signed with the new owners.
In response Flex rejected the workers deal, claiming that the subsidiary being sold would remain intact (along with workers contracts). After their demands were turned down, workers returned to their posts late last week.
In the aftermath, the Zhuhai trade union officials have come under criticism for not effectively representing workers or bringing factory management to the table. Instead of building trust and working with workers, union officials sought to undermine any attempts of dialogue.
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